So what is the problem within the game?
Wherever I read about RL I hear these four main issues:
> lack of P&R means worthless games
> not enough intense games meaning we struggle internationally
> not enough commercial income
> Playoffs are too watered down (8 out of 14 teams)
These issues are repeated over and over again.
So, lets look at whether one of these proposals would asssist with these issues:
1 - P&R brought back, more ruthlesness due to the 'split' - more worthless games - TICK
2 - Fewer teams initially, after the split, teams play others at their level - more intense, close games - TICK
3 - Commercial income - with top teams playing each other, you could argue crowds increase, game becomes more attractive to sponsors and commercial partners. TICK (sort of!)
4 - if after the 2nd phase it is top 4 in a semi final situation then these should be played in front of larger crowds. TICK
Ultimately, it depends what you consider as the main issues, but I certainly think there could be a case to say that this is absolutely tackling the main issues that are repeated by the media and many fans over and over again about SL.
Exactly why I like the idea